The Latest Pirates Buzz


As soon as the Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, 14-16 teams expressed interest in the Pirates former closer. When the Pirates tried to move Capps at the winter meetings there was no interest because teams knew that the Pirates were going to release him. Media leaks during the winter meetings played no factor in teams shying away from Capps. Whoever states that is just trying to make their ego bigger. The reason Capps drew no interest at the winter meetings was because of a flurry of talk from league executives that the Pirates were going to release Capps. That talk started on Monday December 7th and the rest of the week, the Pirates didn’t receive any serious calls about Capps. Meanwhile, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington is taking a lot of heat for letting Capps walk for nothing. Where Huntington should be faulted is not moving Capps at last July’s tradeRead More »

Free Agency Buzz: SS Khalil Green an intriguing option for the Pirates


By John Perrotto The Pirates’ offense certainly could use help after finishing 15th in the 16-team National League in runs scored this year. The Pirates plan to look for that help through free agency once players being hitting the open market 15 days after the World Series ends. While the Pirates won’t be players for someone like Matt Holliday _ after all, they are owned by the penny-pinching Bob Nutting _ they are looking at a number of free agents who are still relatively young and could be signed at a reasonable price. The Pirates would like to add a corner infielder and one player they have targeted is Hank Blalock, who has spent his entire eight-year career with Texas. Blalock is just 28 but five years have passed since he made back-to-back appearances in the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004. Blalock did play in 123 games this yearRead More »